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The sun of the fashion solar system, Paris is where many of the world’s most storied designers premiere their collections. From saucy décolletés at Jacquemus to the always highly anticipated Chanel show dreamt up under Karl Lagerfeld’s watchful eye, the French capital is truly where the heart of fashion lies. Not to mention, there seems to be nothing in the world that’s more glamorous than speeding past the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower on the way to attend (or sneak into) a Fashion Week soirée, n’est-ce pas?

1. Jacquemus

Kick off Paris fashion week with French darling du jour, Simon Jacquemus. The authority on summertime dressing, his holiday-ready womenswear regularly includes skimpy dresses and over-the-top straw hats fit for golden hour at Les Roches Rouges. Just a glimpse of his last collection, which is a medley of woven totes embellished with wooden beads and veil-like dresses done in sandy hues, has us dreaming of summer à la Provençale. We’re looking forward to pieces made for dancing seaside, sipping spritzes and mid-afternoon strolls in the land of lavender and rosé. Jacquemus’ sunshine-fuelled joie de vivre is enough to make us feel like Jeanne Damas at Cap Ferrat, even on our morning commute, so we’re keeping our eyes out for skirts and wedges to keep us dreaming through the gloomier months.

2. Gucci

An unusual name to see in the largely Gallic lineup, Gucci is following up with its Resort 2019 show that took place in Arles, Provence and its SS18 theme of the May 1968 Parisian revolts by heading to the country’s capital for a final hurrah with its French triple threat. To be held at the Théâtre Le Palace, the show is already set to vibrate with extravagance and grandeur. Another potential hint at the theme? Creative director Alessandro Michele – AKA Lallo – recently posted an Instagram photo of an enormous bubblegum-pink Marie Antoinette-inspired wig. If this is a nod to the over-the-top influences the show might be taking on, we’re already queueing up to preorder on Net-a-Porter.

3. Celine

Did we spell that correctly, sans “é”? The heavily-disputed affair of the French powerhouse’s new logo, with a switch from the traditionally-spelled “Céline” under Hedi Slimane’s new leadership, seemed to be advertisement enough for the brand this season. It will, however, be one of the most exciting shows of the year – Slimane will even be coming out with menswear, which is a first for the long-standing brand.

4. Chloé

The brand that somehow seems to make capturing the ephemeral essence of Parisiennes look easy, Chloé is always high up on our must-watch list come PFW time. In creative director Natacha Ramsay-Levi’s third take on the brand’s bohemian spirit – always infused with a slightly tougher edge, in her hands – we’re expecting variations on a 1970s theme, with an always refreshing interpretation of the brand’s easy-breezy style that she’s managed to harness with grace and creativity. Our spring wardrobes will be more than ready to greet the flouncy dresses and buttery leather bags that are bound to come along with this collection.

5. Balenciaga

Following the Balenciaga show at the V&A, and considering the fact that this brand is Kering’s fastest growing, we’re eager to see what Demna Gvasalia has up his sleeve this time. Consistently ahead of the curve in terms of insouciantly cool street-style gear, and producing pieces like the Triple S trainer that was seen on every influencer’s feet this year, this show will without a doubt be like a crystal ball for the trends of spring 2019.

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